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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538606/assessing-severity-in-pediatric-pneumonia-predictors-of-the-need-for-major-medical-interventions
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Are Stuwitz Berg, Christopher Stephen Inchley, Hans Olav Fjaerli, Truls Michael Leegaard, Britt Nakstad
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine potential predictors of the need for major medical interventions in the context of assessing severity in pediatric pneumonia. METHODS: This was a prospective, cohort study of previously healthy children and adolescents younger than 18 years presenting to the pediatric emergency room with clinically suspected pneumonia and examining both the full cohort and those with radiologically confirmed pneumonia. The presence of hypoxemia (peripheral oxygen saturation ≤92%), age-specific tachypnea, high temperature (≥38...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515604/development-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-pre-hospital-medical-emergencies-early-warning-scale
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Abbasali Ebrahimian, Gholamreza Masoumi, Roohangiz Jamshidi-Orak, Hesam Seyedin
INTRODUCTION: The number of requests for emergency medical services (EMSs) has increased during the past decade. However, most of the transports are not essential. Therefore, it seems crucial to develop an instrument to help EMS staff accurately identify patients who need pre-hospital care and transportation. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Pre-hospital Medical Emergencies Early Warning Scale (Pre-MEWS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This mixed-method study was conducted in two phases...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501815/can-the-prehospital-national-early-warning-score-identify-patients-most-at-risk-from-subsequent-deterioration
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Joanna Shaw, Rachael T Fothergill, Sophie Clark, Fionna Moore
INTRODUCTION: The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) aids the early recognition of those at risk of becoming critically ill. NEWS has been recommended for use by ambulance services, but very little work has been undertaken to date to determine its suitability. This paper examines whether a prehospital NEWS derived from ambulance service clinical observations is associated with the hospital ED disposition. METHODS: Prehospital NEWS was retrospectively calculated from the ambulance service clinical records of 287 patients who were treated by the ambulance service and transported to hospital...
May 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490566/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-the-utility-of-the-modified-early-warning-score-for-interfacility-transfer-of-patients-with-traumatic-injury
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Kristin Salottolo, Matthew Carrick, Jacob Johnson, Mark Gamber, David Bar-Or
OBJECTIVE: The modified early warning score (MEWS) is a 'track and trigger' score using routine physiological vital signs. The objective is to determine if the pretransfer MEWS can be used for predicting outcomes in trauma patients requiring interfacility transfer to higher levels of care. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective study of consecutively transferred trauma patients into a level-II trauma centre from 2013 to 2014. INTERVENTIONS: None...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487003/examining-the-utility-of-the-hamilton-early-warning-scores-hews-at-triage-retrospective-pilot-study-in-a-canadian-emergency-department
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Steven Skitch, Benjamin Tam, Michael Xu, Laura McInnis, Anthony Vu, Alison Fox-Robichaud
OBJECTIVES: Early warning scores use vital signs to identify patients at risk of critical illness. The current study examines the Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS) at emergency department (ED) triage among patients who experienced a critical event during their hospitalization. HEWS was also evaluated as a predictor of sepsis. METHODS: The study population included admissions to two hospitals over a 6-month period. Cases experienced a critical event defined by unplanned intensive care unit admission, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or death...
May 10, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476552/preceding-national-early-warnings-scores-among-in-hospital-cardiac-arrests-and-their-impact-on-survival
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Daniel Roberts, Therese Djärv
OBJECTIVES: In-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCAs) are often preceded by abnormal vital signs. Preceding abnormal vital signs might lower the physiological reserve capacity and therefore decrease survival after an IHCA. AIM: To assess the preceding national early warning score (NEWS) and its relation to survival after an IHCA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All patients ≥18years suffering an IHCA at Karolinska University Hospital between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2015 were included...
April 28, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445859/a-risk-scoring-model-based-on-vital-signs-and-laboratory-data-predicting-transfer-to-the-intensive-care-unit-of-patients-admitted-to-gastroenterology-wards
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Won-Young Kim, Jinmi Lee, Ju-Ry Lee, Youn Kyung Jung, Hwa Jung Kim, Jin Won Huh, Chae-Man Lim, Younsuck Koh, Sang-Bum Hong
PURPOSE: To compare the ability of a score based on vital signs and laboratory data with that of the modified early warning score (MEWS) to predict ICU transfer of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive events triggering medical emergency team activation in adult patients admitted to the gastroenterology wards of the Asan Medical Center were reviewed. Binary logistic regression was used to identify factors predicting transfer to the ICU...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445240/evaluation-of-a-pediatric-early-warning-score-across-different-subspecialty-patients
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Nathan P Dean, J B Fenix, Michael Spaeder, Amanda Levin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ability of a Pediatric Early Warning Score to predict deterioration in different subspecialty patient populations. DESIGN: Single center, retrospective cohort study. Patients were classified into five groups: 1) cardiac; 2) hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant; 3) surgical; 4) neurologic; and 5) general medical. The relationship between the Pediatric Early Warning Score and unplanned ICU transfer requiring initiation of specific ICU therapies (intubation, high-flow nasal cannula, noninvasive ventilation, inotropes, or aggressive fluid hydration within 12 hr of transfer) was evaluated...
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441797/breast-cancer-awareness-among-women-in-western-amazon-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
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Marla Presa Raulino Schilling, Ilce Ferreira da Silva, Simone Perufo Opitz, Maria Fernanda de Sousa Oliveira Borges, Sergio Koifman, Koifman Rosalina Jorge
Background: A general lack of women`s awareness of breast cancer has been one of the barriers to screening and early presentation. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate levels of knowledge about risk factors, and early warning signs of breast cancer, and to determine factors associated with better levels of comprehension. Methods: A population-based cross-sectional study was carried out among 478 women over 40 years old, living in Rio Branco city, western Amazon. All were interviewed using the “Breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and practice scale”, developed by American Cancer Society...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440892/the-effect-of-adult-early-warning-systems-education-on-nurses-knowledge-confidence-and-clinical-performance-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mohamad M Saab, Bridie McCarthy, Tom Andrews, Eileen Savage, Frances J Drummond, Nuala Walshe, Mary Forde, Dorothy Breen, Patrick Henn, Jonathan Drennan, Josephine Hegarty
AIMS: This review aims to determine the effect of adult Early Warning Systems education on nurses' knowledge, confidence and clinical performance. BACKGROUND: Early Warning Systems support timely identification of clinical deterioration and prevention of avoidable deaths. Several educational programmes have been designed to help nurses recognize and manage deteriorating patients. Little is known as to the effectiveness of these programmes. DESIGN: Systematic review...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440868/improved-outcomes-after-successful-implementation-of-a-pediatric-early-warning-system-pews-in-a-resource-limited-pediatric-oncology-hospital
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Asya Agulnik, Lupe Nataly Mora Robles, Peter W Forbes, Doris Judith Soberanis Vasquez, Ricardo Mack, Federico Antillon-Klussmann, Monica Kleinman, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized pediatric oncology patients are at high risk of clinical decline and mortality, particularly in resource-limited settings. Pediatric early warning systems (PEWS) aid in the early identification of clinical deterioration; however, there are limited data regarding their feasibility or impact in low-resource settings. This study describes the successful implementation of PEWS at the Unidad Nacional de Oncología Pediátrica (UNOP), a pediatric oncology hospital in Guatemala, resulting in improved inpatient outcomes...
April 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434059/early-warning-score-independently-predicts-adverse-outcome-and-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-pancreatitis
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Michael J Jones, Christopher P Neal, Wee Sing Ngu, Ashley R Dennison, Giuseppe Garcea
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the prognostic value of established scoring systems with early warning scores in a large cohort of patients with acute pancreatitis. METHODS: In patients presenting with acute pancreatitis, age, sex, American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) grade, Modified Glasgow Score, Ranson criteria, APACHE II scores and early warning score (EWS) were recorded for the first 72 h following admission. These variables were compared between survivors and non-survivors, between patients with mild/moderate and severe pancreatitis (based on the 2012 Atlanta Classification) and between patients with a favourable or adverse outcome...
April 22, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421894/how-learning-analytics-can-early-predict-under-achieving-students-in-a-blended-medical-education-course
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Mohammed Saqr, Uno Fors, Matti Tedre
AIM: Learning analytics (LA) is an emerging discipline that aims at analyzing students' online data in order to improve the learning process and optimize learning environments. It has yet un-explored potential in the field of medical education, which can be particularly helpful in the early prediction and identification of under-achieving students. The aim of this study was to identify quantitative markers collected from students' online activities that may correlate with students' final performance and to investigate the possibility of predicting the potential risk of a student failing or dropping out of a course...
April 19, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417836/cervical-spine-status-of-pilots-and-air-controllers-of-airborne-early-warning-and-control-aircraft
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Young Ho Shin, Chul Yun, Andrew Hogyu Han
INTRODUCTION: Many countries have developed their own airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems for use in surveying their territorial sky in real time. However, a review of the literature suggests that no studies have been conducted to analyze the cervical spine of pilots and air-controllers of AEW&C aircraft. METHODS: The study subjects were 80 pilots and air-controllers of AEW&C aircraft with a period of service of > 1 yr and had data on physical examinations, simple radiographs and functional scores of the axial skeleton, and questionnaires about lifestyle and working conditions...
May 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411289/evaluating-automated-rules-for-rapid-response-system-alarm-triggers-in-medical-and-surgical-patients
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Santiago Romero-Brufau, Bruce W Morlan, Matthew Johnson, Joel Hickman, Lisa L Kirkland, James M Naessens, Jeanne Huddleston
BACKGROUND: The use of rapid response systems (RRS), which were designed to bring clinicians with critical care expertise to the bedside to prevent unnecessary deaths, has increased. RRS rely on accurate detection of acute deterioration events. Early warning scores (EWS) have been used for this purpose but were developed using heterogeneous populations. Predictive performance may differ in medical vs surgical patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of published EWS in medical vs surgical patient populations...
April 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401657/validation-of-a-modified-early-warning-score-linked-situation-background-assessment-recommendation-sbar-communication-tool-a-mixed-methods-study
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Debora Burger, Sue Jordan, Una Kyriacos
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to develop and validate a modified Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation communication tool incorporating components of the Cape Town Modified Early Warning Score vital signs chart for reporting early signs of clinical deterioration. BACKGROUND: Reporting early signs of physiological and clinical deterioration could prevent 'failure to rescue' or unexpected intensive care admission, cardiac arrest or death...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385419/vital-signs-and-other-observations-used-to-detect-deterioration-in-pregnant-women-an-analysis-of-vital-sign-charts-in-consultant-led-uk-maternity-units
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G B Smith, R Isaacs, L Andrews, M Y K Wee, E van Teijlingen, D E Bick, V Hundley
BACKGROUND: Obstetric early warning systems are recommended for monitoring hospitalised pregnant and postnatal women. We decided to compare: (i) vital sign values used to define physiological normality; (ii) symptoms and signs used to escalate care; (iii) type of chart used; and (iv) presence of explicit instructions for escalating care. METHODS: One-hundred-and-twenty obstetric early warning charts and escalation protocols were obtained from consultant-led maternity units in the UK and Channel Islands...
May 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351424/variables-associated-with-unplanned-general-adult-icu-admission-in-hospitalised-patients-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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James Malycha, Tim Bonnici, Katarina Sebekova, Tatjana Petrinic, Duncan Young, Peter Watkinson
BACKGROUND: Failure to promptly identify deterioration in hospitalised patients is associated with delayed admission to intensive care units (ICUs) and poor outcomes. Existing vital sign-based Early Warning Score (EWS) algorithms do not have a sufficiently high positive predictive value to be used for automated activation of an ICU outreach team. Incorporating additional patient data might improve the predictive power of EWS algorithms; however, it is currently not known which patient data (or variables) are most predictive of ICU admission...
March 28, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351349/development-and-validation-of-the-efficacy-safety-score-ess-a-novel-tool-for-postoperative-patient-management
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Erlend Skraastad, Johan Ræder, Vegard Dahl, Lars J Bjertnæs, Vladimir Kuklin
BACKGROUND: Several reports have shown that postoperative monitoring of general safety and quality issues, including pain treatment, after discharge from recovery is often non-systematic and inadequate. We suggest a new score with assessment of key recovery parameters, as a supportive tool for postoperative care and a call-out algorithm for need of extra help. The aim of this investigation was to validate the score. METHODS: After suggesting a prototype score from a pilot study in 182 postoperative patients, we performed a Delphi process by using international experts to create consensus on the final score contents and called the revised tool the Efficacy Safety Score (ESS)...
March 28, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339626/a-ward-based-time-study-of-paper-and-electronic-documentation-for-recording-vital-sign-observations
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David Wong, Timothy Bonnici, Julia Knight, Stephen Gerry, James Turton, Peter Watkinson
Objective: To investigate time differences in recording observations and an early warning score using traditional paper charts and a novel e-Obs system in clinical practice. Methods: Researchers observed the process of recording observations and early warning scores across 3 wards in 2 university teaching hospitals immediately before and after introduction of the e-Obs system. The process of recording observations included both measurement and documentation of vital signs...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
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